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of honor, today for heroism in afghanistan. during a fight in 2008, sergeant first class leroy petry was shot in both legs and lost his right hand when he tried to throw back an enemy grenade. his actions saved two other rangers. president obama presented the medal at a white house ceremony this afternoon. later, outside the white house, petry said all of the troops serving overseas are heroes. >> whenever you have a chance or opportunity to thank them, check them, give them a pat on the back for the job they've done because they've earned it. that's the british award any service member can get is just a simple thank you. >> sreenivasan: petry is the 149th recipient of the medal of honor, and he is only the second living service member to receive one for service in iraq or afghanistan. those are some of the day's major stories. now, back to judy. >> woodruff: next tonight, an assassination in afghanistan takes the life of the president's half-brother. >> ahmed wali karzai had survived previous attempts on his life but today a family friend finally did what others could not. the provi
from washington. assassinated in afghanistan, president karzai's half-brother is killed. who will fill the powerful politicians shoes? -- politician's shoes? former prime minister gordon brown is accusing them of breaking the law to gain access to his personal details. the u.s. is digging fast to catch up on rare-earth minerals. welcome to our viewers on pbs in america and also around the globe. it was a brutal attack in afghanistan today which claimed the life of president hamid karzai's half-brother, one of the country's most powerful and controversial politicians. the head of the provincial council had been accused of involvement in dealing with the taliban. yet the taliban is claiming responsibility for the assassination, which has opened a power vacuum in the country. this is our report. >> ahmad wali karzai live behind layers of security. he had many enemies. today, his enemy was his end. assassins struck here at his home. a trusted assassin, a bodyguard. another bodyguard shot of a killer dead. it was too late, ahmad wali karzai died almost immediately and the news traveled fast
. hello. the half-brother of afghanistan's president karzai has been killed and an attack and the south of the country. ahmad wali karzai, one of the powerful men and southern afghanistan, was shot dead inside his house reportedly by his bodyguard. she was head of the provincial council and kandahar. there were previous attempts on his life. our correspondent joins us from kabul. quentin, not the first attempt on his life, but what more can you tell us? >> he was killed by his longtime friend, a trusted head of security. killed by 2 gunshot wounds earlier this morning. the taliban has said that they carried out the attack. they have been successful and kandahar at assassinating leaders in the past year. the talibsaan say this is one of their biggest achievements in 10 years of war. i was speaking to a u.s. official who said she was a controversial official. they knew about the allegations of drug dealing. as a result of his death, there are worries about what might happen in kandahar. >> does it change karzai's position of strength? >> he was a key figure in the fight against the taliba
is the latest country to roll out austerity measures to keep the debt crisis at bay. to afghanistan. five people were killed in a blast in a mosque. a man hid explosives in his turban. this took place during a memorial service for karzai's brother, wh owao was assassinat. four other brothers anwere there but were not hurt. >> another deadly attack. they were attending a service for the president's half- brother. they were taken away as elite police unites secured the area. among the dead, an influential cleric, a man against the taliban. the bomb may have been targeted at the elite, but the brunt was borne by afghans. others die from nato airstrikes. six villagers died in this raid, to flush out insurgents. among the victims, women and children. it has led to a wave of anger. protests have taken place, pressing for the withdrawal of western forces. some are wondering, at what cost? starting next week, thousands of troops begin a withdrawal from afghanistan. questions have been raised about if they can take on the role. bbc news. >> austerity is a word many europeans have had to adopt, although t
. >> there has been an attack on a mosque in afghanistan's southern city of kandahar. it appeared during the service of the brother of hamid karzai, ahmed wali karzai who was assassinated this week. >> i was if this mosque 30 minutes before the explosion took place. the memorial service for ahmed wali karzai was taking place. government officials, people from across the country. security was extremely tight. i was talking to other people when the explosion took place. according to eyewitnesses who were inside the mosque, as soon as the attacker tried to get inside the mosque, he was stopped by security guards, he detonated his explosive vest killing a prominent religious leader and injuring 10 others. doctors at the main hospital have told me they have five dead bodies. the scene here is one of chaos and panic. all the key roads have been closed and in the last 30 minutes or so, there have been visible decreases in traffic. shops have been closed as well. >> some other stories for you. united nation's reports a 15% increase in civilian deaths across afghanistan since last year. the u.n.
. >> sreenivasan: in afghanistan, ahmed wali karzai was buried in kandahar, a day after he was gunned down by a close confidant. his half-brother, president hamid karzai, joined thousands of mourners at the service, appealing for an end to the violence. at one point, the president climbed into the grave and broke down in sobs. hours later, a suicide bombing killed five french soldiers in eastern afghanistan. they were guarding a meeting of local leaders. the rupert murdoch media empire news corporation dropped its bid today to take over british sky broadcasting. it was the latest fallout from the firestorm of allegations that murdoch tabloids hacked into phones of celebrities, royals and even murder victims. we have a report from gary gibbon of independent television news. >> reporter: for decades, he's loomed over british politics. feted by politicians, rarely denied his wishes. but today, parliament rose up as one, all three main parties united, telling rupert murdoch he could not expand his media ownership here, right now. and he buckled. in a statement on their takeover plans, news cor
, afghanistan. this is all a distraction from a major geopolitical agenda. >> ifill: with all of those things on his plate, though, richard... david cameron. i'm getting everyone's names mixed up tonight. he lives to fight another day? >> yes, i think so. as you said earlier, there were a number of investigations. there's a criminal investigation we will be finding out... there will be a drip feed of e-mails, of reports, of parliamentary select committees and, you know, this will continue to be a bad news story for david cameron. how much worse it get december pends on the contents of some of those e-mails. >> ifill: i guess we have no choice but to watch. richard add dallas, heather conley, thank you both so much. >> brown: next, compelling insurers to cover contraception. the new health care reform law that president obama signed last year not only expands the number of people who get coverage. it also requires the secretary of health and human services to determine which preventive benefits should be provided by all insurers. yesterday, a panel from the independent institute of medicine re
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